One Year

Ancestry emailed me the other day to remind me that my World subscription would be renewing on the 28th of this month…which means that it’s been a year since I began my genealogy journey. What a year of discoveries it has been, one that has affected the way I see things within everyday life as…

Catherine Christina (Jen) Weller’s Wedding Announcement

This week has been spent (between uni and work!) researching the Weller line of my family. My maternal grandfather’s Mum was a Weller  and after a search on Trove, I found a wedding announcement for my Pa’s maternal Aunt, Catherine Christina Weller, who married Malcolm William Miles in 1943. The article was featured in the Northern…

Brief Train Encounters

I love quiet carriages on trains. I wouldn’t say I’m militant with my expectations of others in these sections of the train, (who has been told to shush by other passengers in these carriages for so much as a sneeze?!) but it’s my chance to tune out for 45 minutes or so on the way…

You Win this Time, Google.

Does anyone else tend to run their ancestors names through Google? I often do, adding a location and birth date sometimes for good measure (my poor Peace relatives have a horrid time where Googling, or even searching on Trove is concerned, as it’s almost never recognised as a surname!!) I’m always curious to see if…

Ancestry DNA Results Part II

Earlier in the year, I administered DNA tests on both sets of my grandparents. I had completed my immediate family’s tests, so why the hell not? Mum’s mystery isn’t the only one we have in the family! It was again a much longer wait for these four tests than it was for my results and…

I See You, Mabel Shoveller…

I’ve developed a habit of getting lost in Trove, casually entering ancestors names and varying those search terms to see if anything new pops up…this can keep me going for hours. I was doing this last weekend with my Shoveller relatives, namely those closer to me generationally, like Mabel Shoveller, one of my paternal great great…

The Cupboard…

Mum turned 50 last Friday. This weekend is her party, which has sparked a flurry of cleaning, which has me including my room in that equation. And it dawned on me that I have a section in my cupboard that is chock full of about ten years of cards, letters, diaries, you name it. I…

William and John Shoveller

The Shoveller (according to some in the family, the pronounciation is “shove-ELL-a”) branch of my family tree comes from my paternal grandmother’s side: William Shoveller is my fifth great grandfather and was born around 1768 in England. He married Mary Bignell, my fifth great grandmother in 1789 and John, my fourth great grandfather was born…

Mirror Trees (For the Genealogically Challenged)

I’m finally getting around to explaining the whole concept of mirror trees…I am aiming to explain it in a way that will be understood by those who aren’t necessarily into genealogy, as I have mentioned it so many times to family members and friends when they ask how I’m going with the search for Mum’s…

The Suitcase

Woke up from a nap this afternoon (I’ve been rather unwell today, it’s finally easing up!) to find an message waiting for me on Ancestry. A distant Taplin (biological maternal side) relative had forwarded an email she’d received from someone who had found a suitcase of letters, documents and photos at the op shop she…

Congress 2018

Happy to say that I’ve registered for the Family History Congress being held next year in Darling Harbour! This will be the first genealogy event that I’ve attended, so I am very excited! I’ve been reading Geniaus‘  101 Reasons to Attend Congress 2018 blog posts and well, receiving those in my inbox made it near impossible…

“The Death of Captain Taplin”

I recently came across an obituary of my third great grandfather, Richard Taplin. Richard was born in 1848 in Ambleside, Westmorland England and died suddenly of a heart attack on the 19th of December, 1903. The Sydney Morning Herald published his death notice on the following Monday: His funeral was written about on the 22nd…